The UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Dr Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, developed the Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Economic Reforms (A/HRC/40/57) to help governments understand how to use human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) to promote human rights compliant economic reform policies.

In March 2019, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution-taking note with appreciation of the Guiding Principles and encouraging states and intergovernmental organizations to consider taking them into account in developing and implementing economic reform policies. They can also be used by non-state actors to assess how well their government’s economic reforms comply with their human rights obligations.

Prof Daniel Bradlow of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria developed the booklet in collaboration with Dr Bohoslavsky and with the assistance of Ms Tizi Merafe. It provides state authorities, national human rights institutions, individuals, groups and communities, non-governmental organizations, media, and civil society groups working with groups in situation of vulnerability, with a user-friendly introduction to the Guiding Principles and their potential use in promoting more human rights consistent economic reforms. This booklet was made possible with generous funding from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.

How to make economic reforms consistent with human rights obligations


 Subscribe to our newsletter